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Skipjack Nellie L. Byrd

The Skipjack Nellie L. Byrd- nellie

Display your limited edition print with pride. The proceeds from the purchase of this print support the restoration of a national treasure. This is an exceptional museum quality authentic Giclee print, capturing all the subtle tonalities of the original watercolor painted by Artist Jackie Miller whose artwork is displayed throughout the world. Fine quality Giclee prints have a light fastness rating of 80 years based on accelerating testing of prints on specialty media.

The Skipjack Nellie L. Byrd was built in Oriole, Maryland in 1911. As one of only 13 surviving skipjacks still working in the oyster-dredging fleet, “Nellie” is one of the oldest skipjacks, in addition to the 2nd largest, still dredging the Chesapeake Bay. In addition to being the official boat of our beloved Maryland, the Skipjack is a cherished symbol commemorating Chesapeake Bay heritage. The National Trust for Historic Preservation named the fleet, including the Nellie L. Byrd, one of “America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.”

Chesapeake Bay Memories Charities acquired and delivered her to her new berth on Middle River May 2005 to become the first Baltimore County based Skipjack open to the public for public education. Once her restoration is completed, “Nellie” will serve as a floating classroom for children of all ages as the centerpiece of Chesapeake Bay Memories Charities’ Maryland Maritime Treasures Museum.

Chesapeake Bay Memories Charities is an eleven year old Eastern Baltimore County based charitable education organization. During our eleven years, Chesapeake Bay Memories Charities has benefited over 20,000 children through participation ashore and afloat in our Chesapeake Bay stewardship leadership programs.

Chesapeake Bay Memories Charities is dedicated to providing public access to experiencing the multi-faceted significance of the Chesapeake Bay to encourage preservation through education. We serve and strengthen the community by providing multiple opportunities to participate in meaningful bay experiences through 8 Divisions. Please feel free to visit our website www.chesapeakebaymemories.org to learn about each division and how we benefit the public.

Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences Enables New Mobile Interpretative Display Panels To Enhance Learning Experiences at Baltimore County Public Schools

Spring 2007- Thanks to a $1,000 grant from the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences and local community support, festival goers, program participants at area public schools now have 8 mobile interpretative display panels to enhance their learning experience and understanding of the skipjack fleet and importance of preserving Chesapeake Bay heritage:

  1. What is it Like to Live and Work on Board a Skipjack?
  2. Jobs and Pay On Board the Skipjack Nellie L. Byrd and other Skipjacks
  3. From the Bay to Your Table: Have You Ever Wondered How the Food You Eat Go to Your Dinner Table? – A Day in the Life of an Oyster Packinghouse
  4. Oyster Wars and Pirates on the Chesapeake
  5. How did Advertising Make Eating Canned Oysters Popular?
  6. The Mystery of the Disappearing Oyster
  7. How do Bay Residents Impact the Bay and the Oyster?
  8. What was the Importance of Oysters and Oystering to Chesapeake Bay Communities?

The content for these panels is based on sections of the “Oystering on the Chesapeake” curriculum that the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael’s provided us in 2006 to assist us with education efforts.

– CHESAPEAKE BAY MEMORIES CHARITIES WILL SAVE A NATIONAL TREASURE with TREMENDOUS help from the National Park Service and Maryland Historical Trust! –

Thanks to recent great news of our status as a National Park Service Save Americas Treasures Award Recipient. As the only recipient in the state of Maryland and one of less than 50 winners nationwide, your donation will go even further with the benefit of this 1:1 match!!! This tremendous honor will ensure that the Skipjack Nellie L. Byrd is preserved!

On October 1, 2007, we received even more great news when we were notified by the Maryland Department of Planning that we were awarded a FY2008 Historic Preservation Capital Grant!

Thank you to all residents, businesses, and organizations that helped us match the generous support from these grants to enable us to proceed with saving this National Treasure!

The Skipjack Nellie L. Byrd was built in Oriole, Maryland in 1911. As one of only 13 surviving skipjacks still working in the oyster-dredging fleet, Nellie is one of the oldest skipjacks, in addition to the 2nd largest, still dredging the Chesapeake Bay. As you know, in addition to being the official boat of our beloved Maryland, the Skipjack is a cherished symbol commemorating Chesapeake Bay heritage. The National Trust for Historic Preservation named the fleet, including the Nellie L. Byrd, one of Americas 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

Five years ago we acquired and delivered her to her new berth on Middle River to become the first Baltimore County based Skipjack open to the public for the public benefit. Once her extensive repairs are completed, Nellie will serve as a floating classroom for children of all ages as the centerpiece of Chesapeake Bay Memories Charities’ Maryland Maritime Treasures Museum.

- CHESAPEAKE BAY MEMORIES CHARITIES 11 YEARS IN REVIEW -

Chesapeake Bay Memories Charities, Inc. (FEIN: 41-2062179) is an 11 year old all-volunteer run Eastern Baltimore County based 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable education organization dedicated to serving and strengthening our community. A very brief summary of the positive local impact that Chesapeake Bay Memories Charities has had on the community includes:

20,000 Baltimore County kids benefited during the past 11 years through scholarships and participation ashore and afloat in our Chesapeake Bay stewardship leadership programs;

outstanding educational programs and projects that have been recognized with 132 national, state, and local awards (ex. Save America’s Treasures Award–the only recipient in the state of Maryland–and one of less than 50 winners nationwide);

consistently demonstrated dedication to providing public access to experiencing Baltimore County’s waterfront and multi-faceted significance of the Chesapeake Bay to encourage preservation through education.

As we celebrate our 11th anniversary having benefited 20,000 children, Chesapeake Bay Memories Charities has grown from one person’s dream to an organization made possible by more than 24,780 supporters.

the future looks even brighter, as we move forward on saving National Treasure 1911 Skipjack Nellie L. Byrd thanks to community support, $132,587 from the National Park Service, and $50,000 from the Maryland Historical Trust. Donations to Chesapeake Bay Memories Charities will go even further with the benefit of this 1:1 match!!! We appreciate your support!

Stop by and see the various artifacts generously donated by Captain Mike Hayden, the newly carved homeport and name boards generously donated by Paul and Deb Butcher, and the Skipjack Nellie L. Byrd’s magnificent trailboards. These trailboards were generously carved by Edward R. Thieler, M.D., of Easton, Maryland and presented to the Skipjack Nellie L. Byrd on April 17, 2001. Edward R. Thieler, M.D., of Easton generously presented Skipjack Nellie with a new magnificently carved surprise in July–stop by and learn more!

Thank you for supporting Chesapeake Bay Memories Charities!